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      What is the healthcare like in Australia?

      Having read in the papers today that to see a doctor, they are talking about eventually using skype/phone calls and that the nhs has to save 20bn. At our surgery we have phone calls and I feel it works for some issues but not others.
      What is the healthcare like in Oz? I know you pay insurance etc... but what about waiting list etc...
      Sorry it's a bit of a vague thread but I'm baking and was curious you know how it is when you start think about things.


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      There is the Medicare system that provides free healthcare. If you are a permanent resident or citizen then you qualify. If you are British then you will also qualify under the reciprocal health care agreement/arrangement for medically necessary treatment. You will need to get a Medicare card. Once you have that you can register at a bulk billing doctors for no charge or you can register at any other doctors who would charge a higher fee than the standard rate of which you will need to pay the difference.

      You can also take out private medical insurance very much like here in the UK.

      Hope that gets you started.
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      Long night of EPL mate?

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      Thank you for the replies.
      Do you think it's a much better system to the nhs?

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      Quote Originally Posted by russ and claire View Post
      Thank you for the replies.
      Do you think it's a much better system to the nhs?
      Oz usually ranks in the top 10 worldwide for healthcare system, UK is usually about 17th in comparison.. ALways at number 1 is France and Canada is also at the top. USA is in the late 30 - 40th position... However it depends which rank you look at... On one UK is 8th and Oz is 37th !!!
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      Quote Originally Posted by russ and claire View Post
      Thank you for the replies.
      Do you think it's a much better system to the nhs?
      6 of 1 1/2 doz of the other. Both have their good and bad points. I suppose overall, I/we have nothing to complain about with the dealings we have had in the areas that we have lived.
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      Private health insurance is a problem. Legally they are only allowed to repay you up to 80% of the Medicare cost of treatment. That percentage is often even lower, and the Medicare cost is usually just a fraction of what a private hospital will charge. This leaves you massively out of pocket. If you ever hit chronic poor health, you are likely to have to use your pension fund or home equity to pay the bills, even with insurance. Also, when you get treated, you will get separate bills for doctor, anaesthetist, hospital and pharmacy. Nobody will be able to tell you beforehand how far out of pocket you'll be. IMO the NHS is the best healthcare system in the world. It prioritised according to need and is basically free at the point of delivery so nobody has to forego treatment or medicines because they can't afford it.

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      The advantage of private though is that you don't have to wait.

      The public health system in Australia is also how you have described the nhs, as far as I'm aware.

      Quote Originally Posted by Proud Pom View Post
      Private health insurance is a problem. Legally they are only allowed to repay you up to 80% of the Medicare cost of treatment. That percentage is often even lower, and the Medicare cost is usually just a fraction of what a private hospital will charge. This leaves you massively out of pocket. If you ever hit chronic poor health, you are likely to have to use your pension fund or home equity to pay the bills, even with insurance. Also, when you get treated, you will get separate bills for doctor, anaesthetist, hospital and pharmacy. Nobody will be able to tell you beforehand how far out of pocket you'll be. IMO the NHS is the best healthcare system in the world. It prioritised according to need and is basically free at the point of delivery so nobody has to forego treatment or medicines because they can't afford it.
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      Another example of how the system works here: I was recently asked by my doctor to have an MRI done. Neither Medicare or my private healthcare covers outpatient radiology so I had to pay $328 out of pocket. Had I been referred by a specialist my private healthcare would have contributed $200 towards it. However the hospital doing the test jack the price up to $528 for specialist referrals and I would also have had to pay to see the specialist - so in this case the private cover was of zero benefit.

      Personally, I think the health insurance companies have you over a barrel. When families are forced to choose a. give extra money to the tax man or b. take out health insurance, it doesn't offer the companies much incentive for competition.
      Last edited by Peach; 25-11-2012 at 08:02 PM.
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